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RDC honours retiring senior leader as institution’s first Professor Emeritus

Date posted: 
Wed, 06/24/2020
Dr. Torben Andersen

In recognition of an outstanding 38-year career at Red Deer College, Dr. Torben Andersen, RDC’s Associate Vice President Academic, University Transition, has been honoured as RDC’s first-ever recipient of the title Professor Emeritus.

“This special designation is reflective of Dr. Andersen’s outstanding record of teaching with the many students he taught, his scholarly contributions to economics, and his collaborative spirit and strategic leadership at the College. I would like to thank Torben for his unwavering service to our students and to our institution’s pursuit of achieving university status,” says Dr. Peter Nunoda, RDC President.

RDC is proud to introduce this new tradition of awarding the title of Professor Emeritus to deserving faculty members who make outstanding contributions in support of students and the institution. This title is a tradition awarded by many universities, and a fitting tribute to Dr. Anderson as the inaugural recipient given his efforts in support of the College transitioning to become Red Deer University.   

“I am completely surprised, appreciative and humbled to receive this honour from RDC,” says Dr. Andersen. “As I retire, I am delighted that I will be able to stay connected with my colleagues, the outstanding educators at RDC, who do so much for the students and communities of central Alberta.”

Dr. Andersen’s storied career began at RDC as an Economics instructor in 1982 and he remained in that role for 22 years. He held several senior leadership positions, which included Chairperson of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dean of several Schools and Divisions, and Interim Vice President Academic. 

In his most recent role as RDC Associate Vice President Academic, University Transition, Dr. Andersen has worked tirelessly to help prepare the foundation for RDC to transition to be Red Deer University. His efforts will positively impact learners and central Alberta for years to come after his retirement, as the breadth of this institution’s academic programming expands to meet the needs and demands from students, surrounding communities and industry. 

Dr. Andersen’s Professor Emeritus status was announced at his virtual retirement celebration on June 19. 

“I wish Torben, his wife Sheila, and his family well as he enters the next chapter of his life. But we will always enjoy welcoming him back to engage with his colleagues and our students any time he wishes to do so,” says Dr. Nunoda.  

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Shelley Newman
Communications Strategist – Corporate
shelley [dot] newman [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca